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Can you get hair dye that only lasts a week or two and can go over dyed blonde?

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KirstyJC Sat 18-Jul-15 20:56:05

I have dyed blonde hair and am due to go on leave for just under two weeks. I have always wanted bright red or blue or purple hair but my work have been less than enthusiastic about it. Apparently it doesn't look professional! (I'm an HCP so they might have a point...)

However, I am wondering whether there is anything I can use for the time I am away (13 days off in a row) which I can get completely gone and back to normal by the time I get back.

The holiday will be a UK seaside one, so it would need to be more than a wash-in, wash-out one otherwise it we will be gone on the first day!

Does anyone have any ideas? I thought about the XXL semi-permanent ones but met someone who uses it and she said you need to bleach it back out again after it fades, which takes about 3 weeks. I can't really afford to do anything that requires a salon, it needs to be a home kit ideally.

EatShitDerek Sat 18-Jul-15 21:00:53

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Gobbolinothewitchscat Sat 18-Jul-15 21:02:05

A wig may also be difficult to keep on in the sea grin

EatShitDerek Sat 18-Jul-15 21:12:17

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Gobbolinothewitchscat Sat 18-Jul-15 21:37:17

I think if your hair is bleached already it will be much more porous and likely to grab any semi permanent colours so it will stay much longer

Hair chalk might be the thing

Or could you dye the ends and tie it up when you are back at work?

KirstyJC Sat 18-Jul-15 22:44:18

Hmm yes I think maybe a wig wouldn't be the best for seaside wear! My hair is coloured with permanent all over colour, so I think that has bleach in it. Not heard of hair chalk, will take a

EatShitDerek Sat 18-Jul-15 22:48:21

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Cocolepew Sat 18-Jul-15 22:52:07

these are supposed to last 10 washes

Cocolepew Sat 18-Jul-15 22:54:00

The colour freedom ones, not sure about the others

KirstyJC Sat 18-Jul-15 22:56:17

Ah I see hair chalk washes out. Not great for a beach holiday then - I kinda want the hair to be the same coming out of the sea as when I go in! grin

I have been red a lot before, the XXL 35 red one, and you're right Derek it takes flipping ages to come out! I don't really want that again, I want something for a week or two. Purple or blue or something really silly that won't suit me and will make me look like I'm trying to be a decade or two younger than I am.

Why doesn't it exist!?!?! <stamps foot>

KirstyJC Sat 18-Jul-15 23:00:52

Thanks for the link Coco - but I think the reviews have put me off a bit!

snowaccidentprone Sat 18-Jul-15 23:01:10

Try Directions.

EatShitDerek Sat 18-Jul-15 23:06:06

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KirstyJC Sat 18-Jul-15 23:12:00

Ooooh some of those photos in the gallery on the Directions page are amazing!! One on the first page is a full rainbow! And that Atlantic blue is so so pretty. Hmm....

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 18-Jul-15 23:29:35

Superdrug Colour effects?


My hair is dyed (light chestnut with blonde highlights)
I have a bottle of Colour effects but I haven't actually used it because I fear it may be orange.
I bought it before I went lighter but forgot about it.

<<might do a strand test...........>>

GingerFoxInAT0phat Sat 18-Jul-15 23:47:31

Bleach London, directions, crazy colour are all temporary colours and if you go for the pastel colours they do wash out quick.

I think even Loreal do a pastel pink and a lilac now.

Jaeme Sun 19-Jul-15 00:21:40

It depends how porous your hair is, wash out colours can still stick around for months on porous hair.

As pp suggested try bleach London, they do some really pretty pastel shades light enough that you should be able to shampoo it out in time for going back to work.

SavoyCabbage Sun 19-Jul-15 00:31:56

My friends dd dyed her blonde hair with a soft drink in the school holidays. I have a feeling it was a powder. I'll have a quick Google.

SavoyCabbage Sun 19-Jul-15 00:39:35

If you google kool aid hair or similar there is loads of info on the different colours etc.

spottybottycream Sun 19-Jul-15 07:39:28

Blue tones are easiest to get out of hair as they do not involve any kind of natural pigment.
You could try pastel blue by mixing half a pot of blue directions of your choice with half a pot of directions toner.

However it depends how light your hair is already as to how it would take.

Wella do a semi permanent salon colour designed to wash right out, if your in Nottingham, I can highly recommend Dillon and Lee hair salon opposite Dogma!

BikeRunSki Sun 19-Jul-15 07:59:26

As a teenager used to dye my hair with food colouring. It lasted a few days. My hair was naturally post it note coloured then.

KirstyJC Sun 19-Jul-15 10:09:06

Thanks folks. I'm in the South West so nowhere near that salon spotty but thank you anyway. smile

My hair is pretty porous actually - in good condition, considering I have been permanently dying it for the last 25 years, and it does take colour well.

Blue sounds promising and I will def check out the link on temporary and cool aid etc. Thanks all!

snowaccidentprone Sun 19-Jul-15 10:46:28

If I want a Patel colour on my bleached hair I mix the Directions colour with some white conditioner. You don't need much really. Just leave on for 20 mins and rinse out.

The colour doesn't last too long - but it depends on how often you wash your hair smile

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